What does it mean to use close reading as a strategy? Do you want your students to better understand how any why we use the strategy? Why not do it with a passage about close reading! This is an introduction passage about close reading for upper elementary. They can become close readers as they learn the details of close reading. :-)
This passage was written with 4th graders in mind, but I have marked it for grades 3-5 since you will always have stronger and weaker readers in those grades.
I created this passage in a brochure/booklet style so it can be easily used in an interactive notebook. There are 9 student questions that go with the passage, which are great for you to use as in a discussion with your students once they have written answers.
This is a short passage that works great for the beginning of the year. If you are going to be making reference to close reading strategies throughout the year, then this will break the kids in right from the get-go. It does not touch on all aspects of close reading, and there are going to be other topics you will want to discuss, but it will work perfectly for introducing the concept of close reading.
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Although it is perfect for back to school, it can really be used at any point you want to introduce close reading to your class.
It uses the analogy of being a detective while reading, and that students will be working to solve the mystery of understanding more complex texts.
BONUS: I have also included a text annotation code sheet for you to use with your class.
If you choose to have the students glue this in their interactive noteooks, it will be there for reference throughout the year. Students can also color the cute cover page.
Have fun introducing close reading to your students.
note- as with all of my passages, if you come across a typo or mistake, please notify me before you rate the product. I will get it fixed as soon as possible and have it ready for you to redownload. Thanks ahead of time.
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